Doctoc Strange – Upsides and Downsides

Comic book fans are surely rejoicing these days with the number of films being made in recent years based on different comic book characters and storylines. This year is no different as we have seen the likes of Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad, and that’s just for this year.

Up next in your 2016 To Do List: watch Doctor Strange movie. The film version of Doctor Strange comes out this November and many will surely be scrambling to line up in cinemas while some may resort to downloading or to watch Doctor Strange stream and so on. The point is everyone is excited about this box office hit.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, the 40-year old English actor known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes in the TV series Sherlock and Smaug in The Hobbit has been tasked to use his superb acting chops to bring Dr. Stephen Strange to life. The Academy Award nominee, for his work on Imitation Game, will be portraying a well-renowned yet egotistic surgeon who was involved in a vehicular accident, resulting to injuries affecting both his hands.

Unable to accept his fortune, Strange searched for ways to regain his ability to use his hands to perform surgeries. His search all over the world usurped all his wealth until he becomes homeless. He later finds himself in Tibet and in the presence of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who guides him as he transitions into the Sorcerer Supreme.

Other characters in the movie are Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Christine Palmer aka Night Nurse (Rachel McAdams), Wong (Benedict Wong), and Nicodemus West (Michael Stuhlbarg). Mads Mikkelsen is rumored to play Kaecilius. The Hannibal actor will be the main villain in the film; a far cry from the comic world where Kaecilius is merely a disciple of Mordo. Mikkelsen will portray a disenchanted sorcerer who leaves theirs sect and later creates havoc.

This early, Marvel is talking about a Doctor Strange sequel as the test screenings yielded positive results. However, before you get too excited about this one, make sure to catch the Doctor Strange full movie – Easter eggs and all – this coming November 4.

Village Voice

Since his mid ’80s in the great Death of Samantha, Ohio renaissance man John Petkovic (Plain Dealer columnist, aide to Yugoslav royalty, dandy dresser) has been our nation’s trustiest defender of ’70s glam in its most artsy and Roxy guises. More impressive than CV’s links to Guided by Voices and Dinosaur Jr. (whose J. Mascis helps out tonight) is their own increasingly accessible oeuvre, peaking with the Pet Shop Boys–trouncing ’99 Nightlife and lately enduring via the near-pop Easy Listening, where tear gas rioters, nine-to-five Frankensteins, terrorists, and whores succumb to the queen-bitch power of regal riff and hosanna harmony alike. Friday with Tiger Mountain, Need New Body, and All City Affairs. Friday at 8:30, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, 212-260-4700; Saturday at 8:30, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236.

THE ONION

The Onion: Why should anyone buy your record?
John Petkovic (vocals/guitars): [submitted via e-mail] I hope that a lot of people buy this record. Maybe the weirdo who’s always perched in the corner of the record store could use it to get a date: “So, baby, hear of this cool band, Cobra Verde? They sound kinda angular and post-punk and, well, yeah, maybe a little kinky, too.”

O: Do you think your record will help people?
JP: What does it mean to “help”? If I were to, say, bust into your house and force you to listen to my tunes because I didn’t like yours, would that be helping? Even if I called it “humanitarian bombing,” you still might not be down with my rock action. Some time ago, the U.S. government made Manuel Noriega listen to Yoko Ono in an attempt to inflict psychological torture. But how did they know he didn’t like her? Of course, they based it on the idea that no one could like something so hideous. Maybe they were right. But what if he really was a Yoko Ono fan? Noriega would still be sitting there jamming to these rockin’ tunes, and the American Foreign Legion would be the one going bonkers. As for the new album by Cobra Verde, I really do like it. This is the first record I’ve been involved with that I wasn’t sick of months after recording it.

O: Do you think your record could save lives?
JP: Save people? From whom, themselves? Or do you mean in a spiritual way? It reminds me of high school. I used to write papers that refuted the legitimacy of the assignment. Teachers thought I was being a smart-ass and would give me Ds and Fs and “unsatisfactory” in citizenship. So I’m not falling for that one. Nice try, but I’ll take a rain check on salvation.

O: Is this record your ticket to heaven?
JP: Let’s not make this a religious conflict. After all, today, people are dying for things that no one really believes in. Heaven is whatever you want it to be, if you know what I mean–’cause I don’t.

Cobra Verde’s newest album is titled Easy Listening. (Buy It!)
— Stephen Thompson